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Handknit Garment Design

with Shirley Paden
Shirley Paden, author of "Knitwear Design Workshop," brings her concepts to Craftsy! Learn her comprehensive yet simple process for beautiful fabric and knitwear.

Learn how to design knitwear from the master … Shirley Paden! Author of Knitwear Design Workshop, the go-to reference book for knit garment designers, Shirley brings her comprehensive yet simple design process to Craftsy, including a 26-page downloadable workbook and animated video diagrams. Shirley shows you step-by-step how to use one simple math formula to calculate yardage, shape sleeve caps and armholes, distribute increases and decreases and achieve a perfect fit. Don't miss this opportunity to learn handknit garment design from an industry expert.

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Lesson 1. Meet Shirley Paden

  • Meet your instructor, renowned knitwear designer Shirley Paden, and learn more about the class.


Lesson 2. The Design Thought Process


Lesson 3. The Fabric Selection Process


Lesson 4. Taking Measurements


Lesson 5. Starting Your Pattern


Lesson 6. Interspersing Increases


Lesson 7. Interspersing Decreases


Lesson 8. Upper Body Shaping


Lesson 9. Vertical Shaping: Sleeves


Lesson 10. Vertical Shaping: Body


Lesson 11. Vertical Shaping: V-Necks


Lesson 12. Alternate Sleeve & Sleeve Cap

"Shirley's simple yet robust techniques empower designers of all levels to create custom fit garments. I really enjoyed and appreciated Shirley's systematic approach to the planning process. I am a new knitter and the class has given me the skills I need to knit a cardigan without following a commercial pattern. I didn't know how to get past knitting accessories, like scarves. I now know how to shape garments with confidence. I'm very excited and cannot wait to venture into my next project!"
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